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What Are the Signs of Bed Bugs?

There is only one sure way to know if you have bed bugs, and that’s to actually see the pest itself.  Easier said than done, because bed bugs are very elusive and are often hard to detect. But there are signs of infestation that you want to be on the lookout for and sometimes they are right in front of you.

 

Bite marks!  Most people suspect they have bed bugs because they get bitten and have itchy, red welts.  Most of the time, bed bugs’ bites are on bare skin such as arms and legs.  It’s rare to actually have a confirmed sighting before symptoms or signs begin to show up.  If you wake up in the morning and have been bitten, there is a good likely-hood that further investigation is necessary to determine if you indeed have bed bugs.

 

Some signs to be on the outlook for include stains of different colors.  Bed bugs leave dark stains where they infest because the blood they ingest turns dark black as it is digested and their droppings consist of dark spots that smear easily.  Red stains may appear if a bed bug is crushed before it has had a chance to digest its meal.  Stains are difficult to remove and won’t peel off.

 

Another sign to be on the lookout for is a sort of damp, musty type of odor.  Bed bug’s pheromones are very strong and can be smelled in areas where there is an infestation.  A large infestation will almost certainly give off an easily detectable, locker room kind of odor.

 

Since these pests go through molting stages, there may be signs of small, brown ovals left behind as they shed their skin.  Next to actually seeing a real, live bedbug, this may be the most telling sign that there is an infestation.

 

The most important thing to remember when dealing with bed bugs is to let a professional pest control exterminator in NYC handle them to prevent the spread of them throughout your home or business. Bugs Are Gone is a certified bed bug exterminator and we have the knowledge and expertise to remove them from your home.